On July 16, according to foreign news reports, even if they have never smoked, more and more young Australians are trying to use e-cigarettes, but they are staying away from alcohol and illegal drugs.

Young People Use Electronic Cigarettes

The latest family situation in the country shows that one-fifth of non-smokers have tried e-cigarettes.

In 2016, only over 2.5% of people aged between 18 and 24 were using e-cigarettes.

In 2019, this figure jumped to more than 5%, and most people said that they tried this method out of curiosity.

Michael Farrell, director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre of New South Wales, said the increase is worrying.

Professor Farrell said that it is actually more harmful than smoking, but we do not want to see people of all ages smoking e-cigarettes, and may develop into smoking as a result.

The data comes from a survey of 23,000 Australians over the age of 14 conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare every three years.

Michelle Jongenelis of the Melbourne Behavior Change Centre at the University of Melbourne blamed this phenomenon on selling e-cigarettes to young people.

She said that non-smoking young people are increasingly using it, which shows that the electronic atomization industry continues to regard this group of people as young people through marketing and development of new electronic juice flavors (such as bubble gum and Red Bull) for young people. Targeted market. These technologies are the same as those used by the tobacco industry in the 1960s, and history shows us the results.

But Colin Mendelsohn, a smoking cessation doctor, said that the e-cigarette industry is not targeting young Australians because advertising is not allowed at all.

His view is that even younger tastes are an important part of smoking for people of all ages.

He said that there are thousands of flavors of e-cigarettes “You will be surprised that so many adults use these flavors.

The survey found that young e-cigarette users are far more likely to never smoke than the elderly.

Almost 40% of 18-24 year-olds who smoke are non-smokers, while less than 10% of those 40 and older smoke.

Dr. Mendelssohn said that this does not mean that e-cigarette smoking is the entrance to smoking.

He said there is no evidence that young people who start smoking e-cigarettes but have never smoked will continue to become regular smokers if they still do not.